The main reason students go to college is to train for a career. The classes you take and the major you choose will most likely have a profound effect on what you ultimately do for a living. While it’s true that the average American will change careers several times in their lifetime, you still want to take the task of career exploration seriously.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it here once again. The best thing you can do when researching your career options is to see a career counselor at your school. This professional has expertise and resources to help you make the most informed decision for you. That doesn’t mean you can’t do some research on your own. In fact, it’s a good idea to come to your session with the career counselor armed with information on potential careers you may be interested in. Here are some resources to help you out.
Meyers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator
This inventory will help you to understand your personality preferences and to take this information into consideration when choosing a career. The inventory will look at personality traits such as introverted versus extraverted and thinking as opposed to feeling.
Most of us have a preferred method of behaving. For example, it’s likely we are either outgoing or reserved. These preferences will be measured and you’ll end up with a four letter code indication your trait preferences. Knowing your preferences will help you and your counselor narrow down the best careers for you.
Holland Career Code
The Holland Code Assessment is another inventory based on trait preference. This inventory analyzes work preferences. The categories are: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. Each of these categories represents different work preferences. Read about the various types, and choose your top three. This is your code. You can then explore careers that fall under this code.
Take a look at your various skills to determine a good career fit. There are various skills assessments out there. Check out O*Net Online, the government’s occupational information website. O*Net has a great Skills Search feature that can help you match your skills to potential careers that might be right for you.
There are lots of inventories out there. Tons, actually. You can explore more of them on your own. However, don’t go it completely alone. See your career counselor for additional guidance and to find answers to your questions.